CRUISECLUES  Our Cruises Cruise Information from Passengers  
Home Shipstips Message Boards PhotoClubs Menus Port Ship Schedules Cruise Cams Packing Lists Staterooms Daily Programs Bar Lists Personal  Sites Reviews Wine Lists
  Tahiti Cruise  -  Moorea

Cruise Ships
Adventure of the Seas
Allure of the Seas
Amazing Grace
Anthem of the Seas
Azamara Journey 
Azamara Quest

Black Watch
Brilliance of the Seas
Caribbean Princess
Carnival Breeze
Carnival Conquest
Carnival Destiny
Carnival Dream 
Carnival Ecstasy

Carnival Elation
Carnival Fantasy
Carnival Fascination
Carnival Freedom
Carnival Glory
Carnival Imagination

Carnival Inspiration
Carnival Legend
Carnival Liberty
Carnival Magic 
Carnival Miracle
Carnival Paradise
Carnival Pride
Carnival Sensation
Carnival Spirit
Carnival Splendor
Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Triumph
Carnival Valor
Carnival Victory
Celebrity Century
Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Equinox
Celebrity Infinity 
Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Reflection

Celebrity Silhouette
Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Xpedition
Coral Princess
Costa Allegra
Costa Atlantica
Costa Classica
Costa Concordia
Costa Deliziosa
Costa Fascinosa
Costa Favolosa
Costa Fortuna
Costa Luminosa
Costa Magica
Costa Marina
Costa Mediterranea
Costa Pacifica
Costa Romantica
Costa Serena
Costa Tropicale
Costa Victoria
Costa Voyager
Crown Princess
Crystal Harmony
Crystal Serenity
Crystal Symphony
Dawn Princess
Diamond Princess
Disney Dream
Disney Fantasy
Disney Magic
Disney Wonder
Emerald Princess
Empress of the Seas
Enchantment of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Freedom of the Seas
Golden Princess
Grandeur of the Seas
Grand Princess
Independence of the Seas
Island Escape
Island Princess
Island Star
Jewel of the Seas
Kapitan Khlebnikov
Legend of the Seas
Liberty of the Seas
Majesty of the Seas
Marco Polo
Mariner of The Seas
Monarch of the Seas
MSC Armonia
MSC Divina
MSC Fantasia
MSC Lirica
MSC Magnifica
MSC Melody
MSC Musica
MSC Opera
MSC Orchestra
MSC Poesia
MSC Serenata
MSC Sinfonia
MSC Splendida
Navigator of the Seas
Nieuw Amsterdam
Nordic Empress
Norwegian Breakaway
Norwegian Crown
Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Dream
Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Jade

Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Majesty
Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Sea
Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Star
Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Wind
Oasis of the Seas
Ocean Princess
Ocean Village

Pacific Dawn

Pacific Jewel
Pacific Pearl
Pacific Princess
Pacific Sun
Paul Gauguin

Pride of Aloha
Pride of America
Pride of Hawaii
Quantum of the Seas
Queen Elizabeth - QE
Queen Mary 2 - QM2
Queen Victoria
Radiance of the Seas
Radisson Diamond

Regal Princess
Rhapsody of the Seas
Rotterdam VI
Royal Clipper
Royal Princess
Ruby Princess
Sapphire Princess
Sea Princess
Seabourn Legend
Seabourn Odyssey
Seabourn Pride
Seabourn Quest
Seabourn Sojourn
Seabourn Spirit
Serenade of the Seas

Seven Seas Mariner
Seven Seas Navigator
Seven Seas Voyager
Silver Cloud
Silver Explorer
Silver Shadow
Silver Spirit
Silver Whisper
Silver Wind
Sovereign of the Seas
Splendour of the Seas
Star Clipper
Star Flyer
Star Princess
Sun Princess
Superstar Gemini
Superstar Libra
Superstar Virgo
Tahitian Princess
Thomson Celebration

Thomson Destiny
Thomson Dream
Thomson Majesty
Thomson Spirit
Vision of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas
Wind Spirit
Wind Star
Wind Surf
Yankee Clipper


Mooreaisland    Moorea means "yellow lizard" or also "offshoot" 

Quotes (Diane and Buil's experiences below others):

All these from DianneC "Masked Traveler":

Bernard, Captain of the MANU- a catamaran out of the Parkroyal. Will take a minimum of 4 (or cash equivalent), maximum of 12. Phone 56-28-04 or hotel # 55-19-03. I really have to rave about this since I did the same excursion with someone else last time. Cost the same, but no comparison!

Bernard really knows his waters. We went out for @ 3hours. Played with the stingrays (this was the best of BoraBora, Raiatea, Moorea) in @ 4 feet of water. They know his scent and they come sailing in for petting even after they are through being hungry. 

Then we went snorkeling in deep water (no worries about getting scratched on the coral) while he fed the masses of fish. Got our tours of Cook & Opunohu Bays with short geology, history, mythology lessons.

Since a taxi ride is @$25 each way and a car is @$70 for 8 hours, we chose to get a car. It's an easy island to drive, but allow 40 minutes to get back to the ship no matter what folks say. 

Also at the Parkroyal is the Dolphin Quest. Repeating this experience (shallow water this time) was the reason we went back. We thought the shallow water experience was better than the deep water.) 



...a tender port, meaning you will have to take a tender...They run pretty regularly. (ed. boat from ship to shore)

...a number of native booths set up on the pier, but there was a woman with pareos and other hand made and hand-painted clothing items that were beautiful.  Most of the pareos (sarong type cloth) you find are made in Indonesia, and are the same at all the markets, but hers were different, and beautiful! 

My favorite island was Moorea... We rented a car...(it rained one whole day) to explore on the second day.

The only tour we did from the R4 was the Motu Island snorkeling/lunch adventure in Moorea (which was quite nice).  Snorkeling was ok there. There is a "Sofitel" Hotel near where the tenders from the ship take you to, which has a great beach - a cheap cab ride.

When you leave Tahiti for Moorea the ship will sail all night...couldn't figure...only 12 miles away...just sails back and forth between the two islands!

If...beach/snorkeling, you can go to one of the big hotels and use theirs (and their bathrooms, kayak rentals, restaurants, etc.)...Club Med, the Beachcomber Parkroyal,...the Sofitel. I believe Club Med charges you $58 for lunch, but you can use all their facilities except scuba stuff for free all day (if it's like the one on Bora Bora)...need to...take a taxi (they generally look like 4x4s or vans) or rent a car. I would advise against the car rental here unless you want to tour the island. It's about $60 for four for $15 to the Sofitel...share the cost (they can hold 6)...$25 to the Club Med or the Beachcomber Parkroyal. (Always ask the price before you get in the taxi.)

Sofitel is very nice...bungalows over the water. We had lunch here (two lunches (split between three of us), one beer, one drink, and one ice cream) for about $50 total...The beach is nice and has chaises lounge you can use (bring your towel from the ship)...a fresh-water outside shower so you can rinse off. Kayaks..$6 an hour...can rent an outrigger...(but it's hard to steer!)...snorkeling...pretty nice...lots...brightly colored fish...seemed to expect food and would swarm around leave you can either go to the reception area (where you were dropped off) and taxi driver told us he'd come back to get us at a certain time.

...ship crisscrossed, did rectangles, squares and circles all night around Moorea [this must have something to do with docking fees] and the next day dawned gorgeously...previous time we’d been  to Moorea (in 1989) it rained for 6 days straight, day and night!

...took the Circle Island and Tiki Village Theater tour, which was very nice, but not enough photo stops on the tour part. The Tiki Village was wonderful, the individual guides showing the craft “shacks” where they lived and worked (painting, making jewelry, tattooing, sculpting), and then we sat down for the marvelous dance show in the amphitheater. Fabulous dancing (followed by the passengers...being invited into the dance...also fire jugglers, a warrior on a Marquesan horse (they’re so beautiful!), a coconut tree climber etc. etc. On the way out back to the bus I bought some necklaces, but as it turned out they were less expensive on other islands. 

...took the Dolphin Watch excursion, which turned out to be fabulous. They played and swam within just a couple of feet of Dr. Michael Poole’s boat (a young Scripps Oceanographer), jumped, twirled (these are the small “spinner” dolphins). Definitely a great experience, even the boat ride outside the reef was wonderful (Dr.Poole's Dolphin Watch e-mail is ). (Ed. others are apparently attempting to imitate Dr. Poole and also note, Dolphin Quest at, captured dolphins, is not the same as Dolphin Watch)



We were scheduled to anchor at 7am.  The R4 anchored in Opunohu Bay instead of Cook's Bay the first day due to problems (with the currents?) in Cook's Bay.  We took tenders.  The first tender was scheduled to leave the R4 at 7:45am.  For this first day, the last tender from the pier back to the ship was scheduled for 5pm.

We had signed up for the ship's "Moorea Snorkel and Ray Feeding" tour, which we had almost fully paid with the kind referral of someone which they purchased their cruise ($100).  Though the description "An outrigger canoe takes you..." turned out to be a covered pontoon style boat . We would have preferred the ship's "Dolphin Watching Expedition", but we found no description of snorkeling.  We took tenders to the waiting boats ashore, then passed by the Moorea Beachcomber Parkroyal luxury hotel to get to the ray feeding area.  We stayed and played with the rays for approximately a couple of hours before leaving to snorkel for about an hour or less between two motu's.  Before we left for the two motu's, the "Dolphin Watching Expedition" group showed up at the Ray feeding site for approx 45 minutes, apparently part of the schedule the ship didn't mention.   Some of the "Dolphin Watching Expedition" group had guessed they might need swimsuits, so they swam with the  rays while the other watched and fumed about not being told.  We enjoyed the Ray feeding, but felt the 45 minutes the "Dolphin Watching Expedition" stayed would have been just right for us.  Also, we felt the strong currents between the two motu's made that part of our snorkeling a bit less enjoyable as we strained to avoid being swept into the coral, though it was good exercise.  Some who took our tour also took the Motu Beach Picnic the next day which turned out to snorkel between the same two motu's.  Renaissance might work a bit harder to describe the tours as some were upset about this.  Anyway, we had fun.

The second day, the first tender was scheduled to leave the R4 at 7:45am.  For this second day, the last tender from the pier back to the ship was scheduled for 5pm. Same schedule as first day.

The next day, the R4 anchored in Cook's Bay and we tendered in and rented a Fiat car with no air from ALBERT Rent-a-Car at the tender's dock for 6500 CFP (8 hours) and we stopped at the first gas station (a few blocks) and put in 850 CFP worth.  Though a Sunday and much was closed, we circled  the island and had a wonderful time.  Moorea may be our favorite island.  For a while, we followed a 4x4 tour and stopped when they did, saw pineapple plantations, then passed them and went on to the Jus de Fruits de Moorea supposed fruit-juice factory on the bottom west side of Cook's Bay.  Didn't see much fruit juice, mostly rums, brandies, liquors, though a 10% alcohol Fruit Drink was in a juice carton (and 12 oz. cans).  We were poured sample tastes of each of a number of rums, brandies, liquors and the 10% alcohol Fruit Drink (several varieties) which was generally slightly more than a jigger of each (she was generous).  When we began to realize the impact, we slowed down and just had one sample for the both of us to taste the remaining ones.  We stopped at the Moorea Beachcomber Parkroyal hotel and walked the grounds.  Remarkably beautiful hotel, very lush and manicured, easily the best hotel on the island (maybe in all of the Society Islands).  As we walked across one of the bridges, we were treated to a free Dolphin show of about ten minutes. It was great, though we felt sorry for the Dolphins.  Apparently they had escaped at some point and were recaptured.  We stopped a number of times, took photos, at "Le Motu" cafe split a French bread sandwich and a Hinano beer (both great), bought pareus, and swam at the Public Beach (just so-so), after walking thru the Sofitel Ia Ora hotel.   Circling Moorea was one of our best experiences.  Moorea: Gorgeous Tropical Paradise

Hotel Bali Hai Moorea 

Luxury Hotels:

Sofitel Ora 

Beachcomber Parkroyal 

Club Med


Each of our Shipstips Cruise Ship pages (links on the left of any of our pages) generally has 1000's of mostly cruise vacation photos per ship ...100's of Cruise Reviews per ship  ... Menus, Cruise Cams, Daily Programs, Cabin Photos, Monthly Port Schedule, Deck Plans, 360 Virtual Tour, Ratings, Ship Statistics, Itinerary, Drink Menus, & or Wine Lists...and more


More Tahiti Cruise Pages

LAX to Faaa    R3/R4    What to Wear and Bring    Last Day   Faaa to LAX

Tahiti    Moorea    Huahine    Raiatea    Bora Bora

Cabin Breakfast Order Menu    Drink Menu

Reviews   PHOTOS    Tahiti Web Sites    Weather/Time

Travel Guide Books    Tahiti Maps     Dive Guide  

Passport/Visa      Gov Travel Advisory     Currency Conversion

Gov Travel Advisory    Message Boards


Food / Wine   SPA & Workout Facilities    Tipping 

Excursion & Off Ship       Entertainment


Web Cruiseclues
Shipstips Islesea




Home Shipstips Message Boards PhotoClubs Menus Port Ship Schedules Cruise Cams Packing Lists Staterooms Daily Programs Bar Lists Personal  Sites Reviews Wine Lists